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A London startup has released specialised Chat API for web developers

Pusher, a developer tools company which provides hosted building blocks for app developers, has released a new product, Pusher Chatkit.

A specialised chat API solution, it aims to simplify what is needed for developers to add cloud-hosted messaging services to mobile and web apps. Chatkit is the first product the company is launching separately from its core product since its inception in 2011.

The Pusher Chatkit API and SDK are flexible enough to let developers build a multitude of chat features.

Sylvain Giuliani, COO at Pusher, explained: “Pusher Chatkit is our first step towards becoming a multi-product company. We built Chatkit because, even in 2017, building chat from scratch is still not as easy as it should be.

“We put everything we’ve learned helping GoGuardian, YouNow, FreshDesk and more than 7,000 other developers using our existing API to add chat functionalities to their apps.

“This specialised product supports our goal to continue providing developers with building blocks that make them more productive and enable them to focus on what matters to them and their companies - building great products.”

Chatkit has features such as granular user roles and permissions, private and public chat rooms, typing indicators, online presence, message history and automatic reconnection.

Pusher Chatkit’s product roadmap shows new features that will support users sending rich media such as photos, video, audio, and GIFs by handling uploads, downloads, and hosted storage.

It provides hosted building blocks to help app developers move faster and write less code.

The company has over 200,000 developer customers across 170 countries.

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